Mission Statement

The IAPCO mission is to raise the standards of service amongst its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals.


IAPCO strives to achieve global accreditation and acknowledgment of truly Professional Congress Organisers

Core Values

    • IAPCO is a membership-driven organisation whose members embrace the following Core Values:

    • They are proud of their profession; they live up to the ‘P’ in PCO
    • They get involved; they are a small and active group taking responsibility for their association and the industry at large
    • They are extra-ordinary; they care about delivering the highest quality of professional services and make decisions accordingly
    • They uphold the trust; they have a responsibility to their clients, and to the whole meetings industry, to conduct business in a trustworthy way
    • They set the benchmark; they are at the forefront of innovation within their profession and always strive to improve
    • Learning is essential therefore; education is at the core of their association and everything revolves around it


IAPCO members are committed to a continuous quality assessment process throughout their membership. IAPCO’s aims are:

    • To further the recognition of the profession of the congress organiser
    • To further and maintain a high professional standard in the organisation and administration of congresses, conferences and other international and national meetings or special events
    • To undertake and promote the study of theoretical and practical aspects of international congresses
    • To undertake research work concerning all problems confronting professional organisers of international meetings and to seek and promote relevant solutions
    • To establish and maintain effective relations with other organisations concerned in any way with international meetings
    • To develop a programme of educational courses through IAPCO’s Training Academy
    • To offer a forum for PCOs
    • To encourage meetings’ convenors to seek the assistance of reputable PCOs
    • To provide members with opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences